Skip to comments.U.S. Navy Ship Disrupts Suspected Pirate Attack
Posted on 06/01/2010 6:06:11 PM PDT by SandRat
GULF OF ADEN, June 1, 2010 The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto yesterday disrupted nine suspected Somali pirates from attacking a Maltese-flagged vessel that was transiting here.
The San Jacinto responded to a distress call from the M/V Avenue Beauty, which was transiting 90 miles north of Somalia when the crew reported they were under attack by pirates. Upon hearing gun shots, the Avenue Beautys chief officer sounded a general alarm and directed the crew to execute counter-piracy measures, which caused the pirate skiff to call off the attack.
The San Jacinto responded to the attack and dispatched a helicopter to follow the fleeing skiff. Aboard the aircraft, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey Halliwell tracked the skiff on radar as it speeded south toward the Somali coast.
The skiff, with nine suspects on board, failed to comply with the choppers order to stop. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Corey Whittle then fired warning shots across the suspect vessels bow and stern, compelling the skiff to stop.
The San Jacinto has interdicted 22 suspected pirates over the past week.
Earlier today, the San Jacinto dispatched a Navy/Coast Guard boarding team onto the pirate skiff. The sailors and Coastguardsmen quickly took control of the vessel and searched the skiff and crew, who had previously thrown their weapons, ammunition, and other incriminating paraphernalia overboard. The suspects were released in the skiff after the boarding team confiscated one engine and several gallons of fuel, ensuring the suspects could reach shore while limiting their ability to continue piracy attempts.
On May 26, the San Jacinto rescued five Yemeni mariners from 13 Somali pirates, while conducting routine counternarcotics operations 68 miles southeast of Ras Fartak, Yemen. The pirates were turned over to Yemeni Naval Forces.
U.S. forces conduct maritime security operations to help set the conditions for security in the maritime environment. Such operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional partner nations and assists in the disruption of violent extremists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
In other words, they live to attack another day. These are brutal thugs committing an act of war, not playing some silly game. "Warning shot"?? Why? That's useless. These are pirates who would kill any American ship that did not stop for them. The next time, screw the warning shot. Fire directly at their boat and keep shooting until they are all dead. That will have a much better chance of stopping piracy than these silly games.
Screw the warning shots. Sink a few of these vermin and I'm sure they'll find a new line of work
There was a time when pirates were hanged. The Russians seem to have the right idea - they “let go” a dozen or so pirates they captured - but none of the men the Russians released reached shore. The MSM reported on the discrepancy of the Russian statement and the pirates’ failure to reach shore, but the story ended there with no further inquiry.
Ha, not with these wimps in charge. Of course I believe wimps and limps are all we have anymore. Not much to choose from.
I see that we are practicing "catch and release" unlike the Russians. The Russians did a catch and release, but the pirates all failed to reach shore; they disappeared after their radio stopped working.
The Russians did a catch and release to feed Freddie Fin - Jaws.
They weren’t pirates!
They were a flotilla on a peaceful mission.
But we were just looking for Al Gore!
Where is all the other navies of the world? We gotta do everything?
Did we learn nothing from the Russians?
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02.06.2010: 0500 LT: Posn: 12:35.91N 043:30.18E: Bab el Mandeb straits (Gulf of Aden).
A white hulled boat with four armed pirates approached a chemical tanker underway. The security team onboard the tanker fired warning shots in the air resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack.
02.06.2010: 0400 UTC: Posn: 13:45N 050:18E: Gulf of Aden.
Six pirates armed with RPG hijacked a general cargo ship and took her 24 crew members hostage. Vessel currently sailing towards Somali coast.
02.06.2010: 0300 UTC: Posn: 21:29.7N 059:41.03E: 73nm NE of Masirah island, (Omani waters) off Somalia.
One white hulled skiff with pirates armed with machine gun chased a container ship underway. The ship increased speed and enforced anti piracy and escaped the attack.
30.05.2010: 2058 UTC: Posn: 13:06N 048:42E, Gulf of Aden.
About six to seven pirates armed with machine guns in a speed boat chased and fired upon a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, contacted warships, mustered crew and activated fire hoses. Pirates were unsuccessful in boarding the ship using a aluminium ladder and aborted the attack. A warship sent a helicopter to the location.
31.05.2010: 0330 LT: Posn: 06:45S 039:20E: Dar es Salaam anchorage, Tanzania.
Robbers boarded an anchored container ship. They assaulted the forward deck watch keeper, threatened him at knife point and tied him to a pole. When there was no communication with the forward crew, other crew members were sent forward. Alarm raised and port control contacted. One unarmed security guard was sent onboard the vessel. Investigation showed containers were broke into.
29.05.2010: 05:51 UTC: Posn: 18:34N 072:23W, Port au Prince Anchorage, Haiti.
Six robbers armed with knives attempted to board a container ship at anchor. Alert crew raised alarm and mustered the crew. Robbers aborted the attempt and escaped. Master informed port authority and ships in the vicinity. No casualties and no damage to ship.
26.05.2010: 0130 LT: Posn: Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh.
About 10 robbers in a long wooden boat boarded a container ship at anchor. Duty crew sighted the robbers and raised alarm. The robbers escaped with stolen stores upon seeing the crew alertness.
25.05.2010: 1407 UTC: Posn: 14:25.6N 054:22.3E, Gulf of Aden.
Pirates armed with guns in a skiff chased and attempted to board a tanker underway. Master increased speed, carried out evasive manoeuvres and raised alarm. Pirates aborted the attempted attack after 30 minutes and moved away.
25.05.2010: 0229 UTC: Posn: 05:39S 039:29E north of Zanzibar island, off Somalia.
Two skiffs with five pirates in each, armed with guns fired upon a product tanker underway with intent to hijack. Master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, and enforced anti piracy measures resulting in the pirates aborting attack.
It says that they speeded south. It don't say that they speedoed south.